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                                                                               Ica as 'Master Pantocrator'


Ica's Backyard. 

Culturally speaking in the interests of cultural/social history there will be presented on this page several video recordings of the musicians - and a flamenco dancer - who performed in Ica's backyard on Friday night 27th November. 2015. Sydney.  Ica (who perhaps could be noted as a suburban transformational Joseph Bueys or even a culturally sane 'King Lear' of all his 'king's land' & dominion...) is a leading contemporary figure in providing the sort of cultural spaces that are very much needed in our increasingly co-opted corporatised society which is leading to a further suffocating of true creative innovation if it falls outside the bounds of expected monetised mainstream cultural expectations. Such experimental cultural spaces are needed if culture is to regenerate and be invigorated to enter into the mainstream and help transform & benefit culture and society.  (After all, so many so-called cultural spaces seem to become co-opted by the sponsor dollar to covertly become pre-eminently advertising/economic spaces). It should also be noted that through his succinct astutely penetrating home-made beer labels to go with his home brew beer that Ica is perhaps one of Australia's leading contemporary artists reflecting many of the issues of our age.  Many of the videos are brought to you by courtesy of the Winking Possum.

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Here's Ica walking pass Steph Miller who was one of the esteemed performers in Ica's backyard. 

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A GENERAL LANGUAGE WARNING: ALTHOUGH IT IS INFREQUENT, IT SHOULD BE MENTIONED THAT MANY OF THE VIDEOS DO CONTAIN SOME STRONG LANGUAGE. (USUALLY JUST ONE OR TWO WORDS WHICH MAY NOT PLEASE SOME LISTENERS TO HEAR...). 

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TO GO TO A FULL SCREEN the video's Youtube icon has to be pressed to go to the Youtube webpage from which the full screen option can then be accessed. Many videos will be a strip going down the middle of the full screen due to the manner of filming when the smartphone was in a vertical position. I hope this does not diminish anyone's joyful viewing experience. Some videos are full screen due to being filmed on a proper digital camera.


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BEK-JEAN STEWART SINGING 'I WAS LISTENING TO BOBBY SYKES IN MY CAR'.

[It should be noted that this video repeats itself due to a quirk of the uploading].

 

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 YOU GOT FEVER    BEK-JEAN STEWART

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BEAUTIFUL SOUTH by Eva Trout as sung by original band members Grant, Bek-Jean Stewart & Steph Miller. 

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EVA TROUT DAYS... 

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'Cuz' who mentioned to Bek-Jean about the 'Souths song'. 

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2 AM IN THE WESTERN SKY  BEK-JEAN STEWART. Friday night. 27 Nov. 2015.


BEK-JEAN STEWART SONG MONTAGE. The following is a montage of music played by Bek-Jean in Ica's backyard but were not fully recorded. The two main songs featured in this amateur video are There In The Darkness & St.Mary's Bells and to give them their due full professional recordings via Youtube have been uploaded so the songs can be truly appreciated.  

 

THERE IN THE DARKNESS Bek-Jean Stewart. 

ST.MARY'S BELLS  Bek-Jean Stewart. 

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Another video clip on Youtube is SLEEP LIKE A TOP

 https://youtu.be/5Nje3A8-ijU


There is also a November 2010 segment on the ABC's former program STATELINE (NSW) featuring Bek-Jean

https://youtu.be/i70ncPMtJwM


As well as an interview on the ABC's Radio National Breakfast (RN) November 2015:

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/bek-jean-stewart-live-in-studio/6971674


BEK-JEAN STEWART'S WEBSITE:  http://www.bekjeanstewart.com


BY THE WAY IF THE LINK DOES NOT WORK DIRECTLY SIMPLY MASK THE WHOLE LINK AND AN OPTION SHOULD POP UP WHEN YOU CLICK MOUSE (PRESUMABLY RIGHT-CLICK) THAT WILL GIVE YOU SEVERAL OPTIONS SUCH AS GOING TO THE ADDRESS LINK OR TO DO A GOOGLE SEARCH OR IF ALL ELSE FAILS COPY & PASTE LINK INTO A WEBSEARCH TOOLBAR. THANK YOU. 


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SYNAPTIC ARRAY for VIVID SYDNEY 2017

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STEPH MILLER SINGING IN ICA'S BACKYARD.A LONG SET (UNCUT).  

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FLAMENCO DANCING.  Timothy Baker.

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BOYS LIGHT UP! SACKIE NICKNAME & EDMUND... (...oh how they do...).

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A SMATTERING OF SOME EXAMPLES OF ICA'S HOME BREW BEER LABELS.

Featured is an albino kangaroo,  Ica's three cats Mustafa, Billy & Sid (the latter two who have passed on...the images of the Billy & Sid beer labels show only details) Grant & Bek-Jean from Eva trout & the last label which can be considered to be a provocative political statement  which is typical of Ica's event-garde approach to beer labelling.


 



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OTHER MOMENTOUS PERFORMANCES OF THOSE MAGNIFICENT ACTS WHO PERFORMED SO EXTRAORDINARILY IN ICA'S BACKYARD. 

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I HEARD BOBBY SYKES DRIVING IN MY CAR - BEK-JEAN STEWART. 

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WINTER STATION WITH STEPH MILLER. UNION HOTEL. A LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON. KING ST. ST.PETERS/NEWTOWN.

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Only...'JUST SEVENTEEN'. (The Beatles). Edmund on guitar with Ica leading the singing at Starky's 50th February. 2009. Sydney. 

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WINTER STATION with STEPH MILLER. UNION HOTEL. A long cut with many songs.

 

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EDMUND WITH ICA LEADING THE SINGING AT STARKY'S 50TH. FEBRUARY 2009. SYDNEY. ( ArchivalB & W footage).

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PERRY KEYES singing Kevin's Down at the TAB. (By personal request of Ica himself this song has been added. Definite strong language warning to this song!). 

15 - Kevin's Down at the TAB.mp3

Perry, Edmund & Bek-Jean. Carlisle Hotel. Newtown. On a Sunday afternoon many years ago.  You may also wish to consider the following etching:

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Aboriginal singer/songwriter DOUGIE YOUNG. THE LAND WHERE THE CROW FLIES BACKWARDS. (A glorious Ica request....). 

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